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Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative, award-winning visual and performing arts programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. A diverse range of site-specific artworks are integrated into the growing Metro system, improving the visual quality of transit environments and creating a sense of place. From photography installations to onboard posters, art tours and live performances, our multi-faceted arts programs add vibrancy and engage communities throughout Los Angeles.

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Explore Metro Art, explore Los Angeles!

Metro Art Moves is a free series of regularly scheduled and special tours of artwork in the Metro Rail system.  Tours are led by trained Metro Art Docent Council volunteers and provide insights into the artworks, artists and art-making processes.  Special tours heighten the passenger experience in novel and engaging ways through the perspective, experience and knowledge of artists and cultural experts.

Attend a free art tour

1. Hollywood/North Hollywood


1st Saturday, 10am-noon

Meet at North Hollywood Station at street level entrance

2. Downtown


1st Sunday, 10am-noon

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

3. Downtown
( ¡en español! )


Segundo sábado , 10:30am-12:30pm

Los tours se reúnen en la caseta de información dentro de la entrada de la calle Alameda del histórico Union Station.

4. Union Station
Art + Architecture


2nd Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm

Meet at Information Booth at Union Station entrance

5. Gold Line
(betw Union Station + Azusa)


This new tour will be offered: 1/26, 3/23, 4/27

Meet at Del Mar Station

* Reservations are not required but appreciated as it will help the Docents know what numbers to anticipate.


  • Metro Art tours take about 2 hours and are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.
  • The Docents distribute TAP cards that are pre-loaded with an all-day pass allowing tour participants to ride the Metro Rail & Bus system for free (except for the Union Station Art + Architecture tours). Attendees may keep the TAP cards and reload them for future use.
  • Docents use voice amplifiers and wear bright orange safety vests for easy identification.
  • There are no public restrooms available in the stations but there are restrooms available to the public at Union Station and the Hollywood/Highland shopping complex as well as various businesses along the routes.
  • Groups of 10+ people can make special reservations with a minimum of three weeks advance notice. Make a group reservation online here

"I went on a tour of Union Station during the 75th Anniversary celebration and immediately asked how I could do this!  I had a great tour guide, and the tour felt like a mix of a bunch of things I loved - public transit, art, LA history.  It's really helped me to learn more about those subjects over time and I have a new appreciation for public art in particular." -- Metro Art Docent

Become a Docent at Metro Art

The Metro Art Docent Council is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of the broad range of public art in the Metro Rail system through tours that provide insights into the communities they enhance, the art, the artists and their processes.

"I chose to be a docent because I love art and I love subways.  I think what I love most about it is the chance to explore the city via the trains.  As a docent, I've explored so many parts of the city that I would have never seen if I had not been one." -- Metro Art Docent

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Metro Art Docent, we invite you to review the following information:

Should you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Lashenick
Senior Community Relations Officer
Founder Metro Art Docent Council

Metro Art enhances the customer experience with innovative arts and cultural programming that encourages ridership and connects people, sites and neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Music, dance, poetry, film and meet-the-artist events at historic Union Station raise its profile as a cultural destination and create incentives to “Go Metro”.


Metro Art and LACMA present Otmaro Ruiz

Friday, May 24 -- 6:00 - 8:00pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 90036

We’re taking things on the road as Metro Art Presents Jazz at LACMA, featuring Otmaro Ruiz , part of a special partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (stay tuned next month as LACMA presents jazz at Union Station) .

Metro Art Presents: Susie Hansen Latin Band

Friday, May 31 -- 10:00am - 12:00pm

El Pueblo de Los Angeles
845 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles 90012

A little closer to home, Metro Art Presents the Susie Hansen Latin Band at El Pueblo de Los Angeles from 10 a.m. to noon, part of the Raised on Records series with Metro’s On the Move Riders Club.

Metro Art Presents showcases an exciting array of arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. More information:

2019 Events Archive

May 19: Metro Art Presents: Listen to Music Outside in the Daylight at Union Station
May 3 & 4: Celebrating Union Station's 80th Anniversary with music, dance and more

Apr 28: Through the Eyes of Artists: Ana Serrano poster featuring East Hollywood
Apr 27: Through the Eyes of Artists: Christine Nguyen poster featuring Long Beach
Apr 18: A conversation with, by and for women working in a range of transit professions at Metro Headquarters Board Room
Apr 13: George Evans Artist Workshop
Apr 9: Through the Eyes of Artists:  Ja'Rie Gray poster featuring South Gate
Apr 6: Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazz Tracks at Union Station headlined by trumpeter Christian Scott
Apr 2: Walkthrough of the Charles White: A Retrospective exhibition at LACMA

Mar 25: Community Engagement: Clare Rojas and Ramekon O'Arwisters crochet workshop
Mar 16: Annual 10-Hour Bach Marathon throughout Union Station
Mar 9: Through the Eyes of Artists: Ja'Rie Gray poster featuring South Gate at the City of South Gate Azalea Festival
Mar 3: Interactive workshop during this year's first CicLAvia in Culver City
Mar 1: Bloco Obini "all queens" musical procession in honor of Brazilian Carnaval

Feb 25: Opening of "Forward Motion" photo exhibition of Michele Asselin's portraits featuring women of Metro
Feb 14: Union Station Kind of Love: a night of throwback harmony, doo-wop and soul music
Feb 1: LA-based saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Josh Johnson during the first rush hour concert of the season

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Art Guides

The Art Guide was updated in July 2011 and includes images of all of the artworks in the Metro transit system. It is a perfect complement for self-guided tours and features a system map, artist information and brief descriptions of the artworks.

Download the Art Guides below:

A hard copy of the pocket-sized guides are available by request. Please call 213.922.4ART or us, and include your name and mailing address in your message.

Poster Series

Poster Series

"Through the Eyes of Artists" Poster Series As of October 2017

Los Angeles: Through the Eyes of Artists , produced in celebration of Metro’s award-winning art poster program, features the full collection of colorful travel destination posters created by over forty Metro-commissioned artists through 2017.

Download the Poster Series Summary .

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